Since the beginning of the war with Iraq, U.S. airlines have responded to the deepening travel slump by slashing both flight schedules and jobs. In particular, the scaling back of flight schedules poses a threat to car rental operators in small and medium commercial airport markets.

United Airlines, Northwest Airlines and American Airlines last week cut hundreds of flights. Hawaiian Airlines filed for bankruptcy reorganization.

Northwest Airlines announced it was reducing flights by 12% and eliminating 5,000 jobs.

Delta Air Lines this week also said it was trimming flights by 12%.

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